Plants - Perennials

Planting primroses in your spring garden

Stephen Westcott-Gratton
Photography by
Millette Photomedia

One of the first to arrive at spring's pretty garden party, the humble Primula warrants VIP status.


Vial's primrose (P. vialii), 20 cm x 15 cm, Zone 5
Dense spikes of up to 100 tubular violet-blue flowers held above rosettes of deciduous mid-green leaves

Native to China and introduced by daredevil plant hunter George Forrest in 1906. Short-lived but easy to grow from seed, it blooms in early summer and prefers rich, well-drained soil. A distinctive form, unlike any other primula. RHS AGM, 1993

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